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Katten Professional Bono Director Jonathan Baum Honored as Champion of Justice by the Chicago Attorneys’ Committee for Civil Rights

CHICAGO, Nov. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Katten introduced as we speak that the Chicago Attorneys’ Committee for Civil Rights honored senior counsel and Director of Professional Bono Providers Jonathan Ok. Baum as its Champion of Justice at its first in-person gala because the onset of the pandemic, with the theme “Carry Each Voice.” 

“We couldn’t be prouder of Jonathan’s professional bono efforts. At his core, Jonathan strongly believes in equality. He advocates for offering equal entry to justice for marginalized populations. He helps disenfranchised teams in battling towards discrimination. He champions society’s most susceptible in impactful methods,” stated Katten Chairman Roger P. Furey. “Jonathan treats all his shoppers with the respect, dignity and kindness they deserve, serving them in the identical method as our paying shoppers. He really displays one of the best of Katten.”

Baum joined Katten in 1993 when he grew to become one in all solely a handful of regulation agency companions within the nation to focus solely on the supply of professional bono work. This strategy has served as a mannequin for a lot of different regulation companies, and he has set the usual for institutionalizing professional bono regulation apply. He coordinates Katten’s complete professional bono portfolio, matching professional bono alternatives with attorneys’ passions and pursuits and going past conventional litigation to incorporate nonprofit company governance and transactions.

Baum personally handles professional bono issues, incessantly representing refugees in search of asylum in the US, victims of discrimination in civil rights fits, and the Giffords Regulation Heart to Stop Gun Violence in its protection of state and native gun laws towards constitutional challenges.

In collaboration with Authorized Support Chicago, the Midwest’s largest supplier of free civil authorized companies, Baum launched the Katten Authorized Clinic at Jose de Diego Group Academy in Chicago in 2013 as one of many first authorized support clinics in an city public college, an initiative that has served a whole bunch of low-income shoppers and was acknowledged in 2016 with an American Bar Affiliation (ABA) Professional Bono Publico Award. Baum has additionally served as a longtime board member and board president of the Chicago Attorneys’ Committee for Civil Rights.

“Nearly 30 years in the past, Katten took an opportunity on my loopy thought of a non-public regulation agency having a full-time professional bono lawyer. And the agency has by no means wavered in that dedication,” Baum stated. “I grew up in a house the place the Jewish social justice obligation of ‘tikkun olam’ was strongly instilled in us, that means we had an obligation to restore the world. I’m grateful to the Chicago Attorneys’ Committee for Civil Rights and to Katten as a result of they’ve enabled me to satisfy that responsibility and to hold out that belief.”

Katten is a full-service regulation agency with roughly 700 attorneys in areas throughout the US and in London and Shanghai. Shoppers in search of subtle, high-value authorized companies flip to Katten for counsel domestically, nationally and internationally. The agency’s core areas of apply embody company, monetary markets and funds, insolvency and restructuring, mental property, litigation, actual property, structured finance and securitization, transactional tax planning, personal credit score and personal wealth. Katten represents private and non-private corporations in quite a few industries, in addition to numerous authorities and nonprofit organizations and people. For extra info, go to


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